Stephanie Marzella has been a painter of landscape and still life since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984. She was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her BFA she moved to Chicago then relocated to Rhode Island in 1988. Upon moving to the “Ocean State” she began to focus solely on landscape and quiet water. As of 2016 Stephanie has relocated to the thriving arts community of Charleston, South Carolina where she now resides on Johns Island. She is looking forward to painting the Low Country and discovering all it has to offer. The driving forces behind Stephanie’s work are her love of nature and interpretive use of color.
“I am inspired everyday by my immediate surroundings. I lived on a tidal cove off Narragansett Bay called Mill Creek Cove. I was able to watch the tidal changes every day and the sunset at night. Nature is very spiritual for me. Through my work I am expressing my emotional response to nature’s mystery and her constant transitions. By creating mood and atmosphere in my paintings I hope to awaken these emotions in the hearts and minds of the viewer.”
Stephanie paints in oils, but has enjoyed many different media including pastels and acrylics. She enjoys reading and collecting antique art books and building her reference library. She has most recently been influenced by George Inness and the American Tonalists artists of the late 19th and early 20th century and their strong connection with New England.
Stephanie has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country and won many awards. In 2014 she received The Jurors Choice award from Peter Trippi the editor and chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine at Plein Air Easton. She has been included in many articles. She was also featured in the Nov/Dec 2002 issue of The Pastel Journal Magazine. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists and The American Impressionist Society.